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Steven Spence has been at 2 events

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Josef Gitschthaler468Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche WeihnachtenShopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0047G+
Slooh56,305Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from AustraliaSlooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the Annular Solar Eclipse from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary. As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world.Download the free Slooh iPad App: www.appstore.com/sloohSlooh Annular Eclipse Video: http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY#solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00361G+

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steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820354553CC G+
Circles Circles Circles37,983SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/o82s0mPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/IkCTLPPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/nFCsGwMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/tID4ZmPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/E6v81LOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/xXWLPtTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/z3z8lh#science       #scienceeveryday       #sciencecircle       #circlesharing  2014-07-17 04:08:1710651022CC G+
Re Pete0  Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-07-13 03:40:02451549CC G+
Artist , photographer , amateur or professional3,370Work moderator is not easy. Very dificult to enforce. Sharing circle We can not promote people that you are not adding or added and removed in the day'm Song circles Today's comment +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  I will be done clean cleaning circles. People who wish to return, his welcome the Know Thank you to the person who sustains us The next circle clean cleaning  +A.P.A.P.Grand talent +A.P.A.P. Cascade, montagne, paysage +A.P.A.P.Macro Architecture Bird & +jany viala I withdraw all who withdrew us Jany.Do not forget to added to your circle the Conservative +jany viala & +Krzysztof Felczak  sharing your work and also pages Thank!2014-07-11 14:37:34269361619CC G+
Gailen Mapes65,921Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  S - 11 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes  and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-07-11 12:13:05187212CC G+
Greg Strandberg942Sci-Fi and Fantasy Readers CircleWant to connect with #fantasyauthor  and #scifiauthor  ?This #circleshare  has those folks and chances are you'll get some interesting things in your feed. #circlesharing   #googleshare   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #fantasywriters   #sciencefictionfantasy   #scifi  2014-07-10 23:13:52173000CC G+
Jake Johnson3,915A Circle of Photographers/Artists/CreatorsTo be considered for this circle, please:1- Share this circle in your stream.2- Ask to be included in the comments section of the original post.3- Make sure you've added our page to your circles.4- You must post your own original work in your stream.#circles #circlescirclescircles #circleshare #circleshare #circles            #newcircles  #circlesharing  #payitforward2014-07-05 11:27:57370211627CC G+
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661271CC G+
Arthritis Natural Remedies279Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! These wonderful men and women are waiting to add you. Join us in friendship !! Just add and reshare this post.Promoting all the people here - People who want to engage, share and be shared!!!! - Make it happen people !!!#diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #sharingmeansthankyou #topcircles #freakingawesome   #diamond   #diamondcircle   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   2014-06-27 16:02:27387828CC G+
Eli Just1,549Are you an avid reader or want to connect with avid readers? Share and add this awesome circle of BOOK LOVERS who read and support authors. Lots of great connections in here that I enjoy hearing from daily.To be added to this circle--please add it, +1 it, comment on and share it!  #reader #readers #readersrocks #readingisfun #readinglist #authors #authorsupport #avidreaders #readinglist #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #isupportauthors  2014-06-27 14:09:34390200CC G+
AyJay Schibig64,87121ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  6.25.14 by +AyJay Schibig Please RESHAREThis Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay2014-06-25 20:29:38405242143CC G+
Peter Edenist30,747TESLA Super Science Circle 2014 - June Edition!!!! : A quality circle curated carefully and tended since 2011. Who is in this circle?  people who are either involved in science, love science or are active on the Science on G+ community. Community link is here http://goo.gl/46uFH and the Page is +Science on G+!Have you wondered where one can meet with like-minded people who love science and like to read about the real stuff? This is the ultimate SUL on science.... add and share to keep it alive.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Want to nominate someone? Please do so in comments. If you want to recommend something let us know. People who are notified are part of the circle.#science #tesla #scienceongplus #scienceeveryday 2014-06-19 13:39:49342755692CC G+
Circles Circles Circles35,732SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/RPEbdlPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/fmOadpPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/Oyg8RBMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/9NT51gPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/5mT3s0Others CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/AV4WvdTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/YANzuo#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-06-19 02:05:3310651024CC G+
Gailen Mapes65,006Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  S - 11 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-06-11 10:28:31192817CC G+
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001CC G+
Rok Šimec13,955Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-06-08 09:44:08497251930CC G+
Brett L21,143#FridayFriends Circle ShareI rarely do this, but these are the peeps I look to first every day, they bring smiles to my face, brighten my day, enrich my mind and keep my world interesting. They are a diverse & interesting bunch of people.If you are looking for a circle of entertainment & intrigue, this is it, add it & share it and you'll see exactly what I mean.2014-06-06 13:18:5041515416CC G+
Lexidh Solstad18,975May Engagers circle! Most of the people who commented on my posts in May =) Thank you for making it more fun to be here on Google+! =) 2014-06-01 16:49:472767318CC G+
Becky Collins10,439Super Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211CC G+
Circles Circles Circles33,758SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/WbY7NSPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/XPSnHVPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/itFj7ZMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/uBBxgdPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/f1wz2IOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/MOGsxGTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-05-28 20:17:02102101320CC G+
Rok Šimec12,556Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #engagersshowcase  #DaveBesbris  2014-05-26 07:04:43497191125CC G+
Tourej Ansari17,611Another great circle of photographers1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #fashion   #fashionblogger   #fashionblog   #pinterest   #pictures   #fashionstyle   #photography   #photo   #photographer   #photooftheday   #photooftheweek2014-05-23 13:12:444527412CC G+
John Nuntiatio36,868#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-20 19:22:35440236CC G+
Circles Circles Circles32,435SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/Hev5GIPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS: http://goo.gl/Nqll1yPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/olCV0EMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/l58RRiPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/oIXG1ROthers Circles:SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/voKgBxTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science   #scienceeveryday   #sciencecircle   #circlesharing  2014-05-16 02:10:07103141526CC G+
Gailen Mapes63,975Hand Picked Photographers Circles -Canon Camera  S - 11 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-05-11 11:02:57193659CC G+
AyJay Schibig59,63621ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  5.9.14This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-05-09 20:20:29366361643CC G+
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721771475CC G+
AyJay Schibig59,085MUSICIANS AND FRIENDS  5.6.14Welcome to my circle of people  who are either musicians or friends/supporters of musicians!  If you are a music lover Please Add and Share!Find some great Music in my Musician and Friends Community https://plus.google.com/communities/113581967234398924055#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle #indiemusicians   #music  2014-05-06 19:36:14363161724CC G+
Charles Barouch5,184G|+|ost Town #1 Circle of Awesome!http://www.hdwpbooks.com/books/g+ost-town/2014-05-03 06:56:1143417CC G+
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111CC G+
Jan Havrda31,475The reach of my friends have reached 31397 souls and I love you all and I hate you all as I love and hate my self for those silly things. No matter, you are all awesome.Thank you and I hope you'll enjoy this small circle of  people as much as I appreciate their company.This is  #NotAZombieCircle , made of people who won't wash your minds.2014-04-18 00:35:293897129121CC G+
En Ucuz Uçak Bileti1,6242014-04-12 16:25:21495181220CC G+
Gailen Mapes62,493Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  S - 11 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-04-11 11:01:421997412CC G+
Clare Cosgrove51,538Sharing this as an example of a Circle share made by me wanting to introduce you all to some of my Good people, my besties.. people whose content is consistently interesting,funny and sometimes..risque and some may even be classed as offensive by some.. but never boring! These people are keepers!! Extra for +Lexidh Solstad x2014-04-06 15:00:1420433119CC G+
Rok Šimec5,426Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get! #circle #circleshare #circleshareoftheday #share #sharedcircles #engagers #engagerscircle #engagerspeople #engagersshowcasecircle #engagersshowcase  2014-04-05 18:40:54493201328CC G+
Lexidh Solstad13,282March engagers circle =) These are (most of) the people that commented on my posts in March. Thanks for making it more fun to share stuff from my life! 2014-04-02 10:33:23273809CC G+
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Petra Honecker31,576Meine Lieben, in meinem letzten Kreis habe ich einige Personen vergessen. Es wäre lieb von euch, mir Personen zu benennen, die auch in den Kreis gehören. (nur Fotografen) Ganz liebe Grüße ....Petra, oder Drops.My dear friends , in my last circle I forgot some people. It would be nice of you to appoint me those who belong also in the circle. All the best and kind regards.. Petra, or Drops2014-03-17 21:43:03185401031CC G+
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Gailen Mapes60,583 Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera  S - 11 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting Feburary 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen2014-03-11 10:45:331987410CC G+
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2014-06-15 21:10:01 (65 comments, 0 reshares, 62 +1s)

What is perfection?

Yep, I'm back. Back from a weekend in the shadow of the mountains, back from sunny days, solitary walks, tennis, walks above the trees, the cold Lech, spiders with metallic abdomens, a little sports and fun games with the family. I'm back in other ways too, rejuvenated. 

While I have lots of pictures, this one of a flawed rose appealed to me most, so I've started out with it. 

Is the rose's beauty diminished by it's flaws? It's not a perfect rose, but perhaps a perfect rose would have been bland. 

I hope you've had a great weekend and will get off to a good start Monday. 

Photo: resized down to only 2x HD to make it easier to view on mobile devices. Color temperature adjusted to "daylight" (~5500°K)

Most reshares: 13

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2014-07-06 13:15:08 (22 comments, 13 reshares, 158 +1s)

Forgetful me. I completely forgot that I had some pictures of a bald eagle. Belated obligatory eagle picture for the 4th. I suppose it sort of still counts as folks are celebrating the 4th of July weekend.

Bald Eagle / Google sees all your shenanigans. Have fun, but stay safe. Any utterance involving "Hey, y'all watch this" may be a clue to rethink your cunning plan. This PSA brought to you by the eye in the sky. 

Most plusones: 158

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2014-07-06 13:15:08 (22 comments, 13 reshares, 158 +1s)

Forgetful me. I completely forgot that I had some pictures of a bald eagle. Belated obligatory eagle picture for the 4th. I suppose it sort of still counts as folks are celebrating the 4th of July weekend.

Bald Eagle / Google sees all your shenanigans. Have fun, but stay safe. Any utterance involving "Hey, y'all watch this" may be a clue to rethink your cunning plan. This PSA brought to you by the eye in the sky. 

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2014-07-22 07:12:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Another one got away. 

Rain again today, so it's back to a picture from Saturday when there was a bit of sunshine and butterflies were flitting about freely. The lavender is getting long in the tooth: the bees pollinated it well, so now it is making seeds. It's no longer lavender colored, but a greyish-brown in most places. There are still a few blossoms, so I see a bee or two, although no butterflies in this rain.

I hope the weather is friendlier where you live. Have a great Tuesday!  

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2014-07-21 07:15:20 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)

Predictability

We all saw it coming and sure enough another Monday has dawned. While I know that it is a theme, not everything has to be monochrome or predictable on Monday. May your Monday have a few pleasant surprises to make it more interesting for you.

Saturday, just before I cut the grass, I saw this butterfly. It was a bit frustrating trying to take a picture of it, because it was so chaotic. In fact this shot is pure luck, because at the point I decided to push the release button the butterfly was actually on a lavender blossom. By the time my finger got the impulse and took action, the mirror flipped up, and the photo was taken, the butterfly was already airborne again. It was a nice surprise to see it this morning when I copied the photos to my computer. 

For ease of viewing I've cropped the original down to a modest 1920*1440. 

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2014-07-19 10:41:25 (53 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s)

Mountains on my mind

It has been a busy morning getting lots of necessary stuff done in the yard before it got too hot, but it was still hot enough for me. I'm thinking about going to the mountains now. That's where I'm happiest, whether the weather is sunny or cloudy. The mountains have character and are majestic. There's also an ultimate honesty in the mountains. They make you pay for every step up, but they also reward you when you get above the tree line.

I think I'll spend the rest of the day taking it easy. A nice shower, fresh clothes and an afternoon reading or gaming. Maybe cooking something on the grill in the late afternoon.

What's up with  you? Any plans? Enjoying a beautiful day? Or stuck inside with rain? Whatever the case, I'm always happy to hear and learn from you.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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2014-07-17 21:24:16 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)

Following Through

I'm not sure when, but maybe a week or two ago, people reacted to one of my posts with poems or quotes that they would like me to react to.

I'll start out with +Aleta Curry 's suggestion. Unfortunately, I don't know who wrote the poem, but the text is as follows:

Yet churlish winter
I see thee to Spring
My heart surrender
Blossoms are budding on hedge and on tree
So fair and tender
Once more the icefields, by Spring set adrift,
Break loose with a quiver
Snow bonds relax, and the waterfalls swift
Dash down to the river
Once more the meadows their flow’rs to the spring
As tribute are bringing
Once more the lark as she soars on the wing
To Summer is singing.

Photo: this was taken in May 2013, but it was a really horrible year. Grey, cold and rainy far too long.Wh... more »

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2014-07-17 07:16:33 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s)

Life is a movie; death is a photograph.

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt. (Susan Sontag)

Enjoy Thursday. There is no rewind button. We may capture memories or photos of something during the day, but they are only external echos of how something was at an instant. Yes, it's a banal thought, but at the same time I find it thought provoking. Existence is only a wafer-thin slice of time. What is reality and what is truth? Who defines it? Who retells it? 

Well, we all have to get going and make our days and our histories. I hope you'll have a great day!

Photo: you may want to click on it, so you can view it without the GPlus editfuncti... more »

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2014-07-16 06:27:53 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s)

That's the spirit

A bombus lapidarius enjoying the lavender in my garden. Otherwise known as a "Steinhummel" or a "red-tailed bumblebee".  These bumblebees live in small colonies of 100 to 300 bees, frequently in stone walls or under stones, thus the German name which would literally be "stone bumblebee". 

The "red-tailed bumblebee" was insect of the year in 2005 in Germany. As you can see this example also has golden pollen packets on its legs. It seems to be celebrating the World Cup Championship, as it is all decked out in black, red and gold, which are the German colors. 

Have a great Wednesday and don't forget to stop and smell the lavender. 

More information (including a great picture of a male mating with a queen): http://www.bumblebee.org/lap.htm

or if your German is goodhere... more »

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2014-07-15 07:16:49 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s)

All we are not stares back at what we are. 
W.H. Auden

I think this rose has quite some potential to become a stunning flower when in full bloom. 

Have a great Tuesday, relax and be yourself. 

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2014-07-14 06:06:26 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)

Monday arrived too soon

I'm taking the easy way out this morning. A random photo with a random quote.

It is not enough to know, one must also apply it; it is not enough to want to, one must also do (my translation)

Es ist nicht genug, zu wissen, man muß auch anwenden; es ist nicht genug, zu wollen, man muß auch tun. (Goethe)

In short: have a great Monday and get stuff done. You know what there is to do.

Photo: fountain at the marketplace in Freudenstadt

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2014-07-13 15:48:16 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)

Today is the big day!

Fingers crossed that Germany can win it. May it be a well played, fair match. If Argentina wins, hat's off to them, but I think this is the right team at the right time for Germany to finally bring back the World Cup.

I got my son and daughter the jerseys for this year, but I'm still wearing an older one. I like the black one a lot, but I think it would look better with another star. :-) 

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2014-07-12 05:51:11 (35 comments, 4 reshares, 59 +1s)

#caturday  arrived whether I wanted it to or not.

It came without ting-tinglers, it came without ribbons, it came without boxes...

It came on velvet paws and smacked me in the head with a loud chirp. 

" get up! Get UP! " it said.


Beware, for today I am the Grinch. At least until I have another pot of tea.

Wishing you a lovely lie-in and an enjoyable Saturday. 

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2014-07-11 22:47:49 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)

Rain: deal with it

There have been a lot of grey days and rain the past two weeks. You kind of get used to it. We went on a walk with friends in the vineyards between Untertürkheim and Esslingen two weekends ago. You can see the Stuttgart (Cannstadt) Stadium (aka Mercedes-Benz Arena) in the background. It was a good walk and a good time together despite the weather. It started out raining strongly, but cleared up during the walk. Sometimes you've just got to get up and go anyway.

I hope you'll have a good weekend and maybe even good weather. If not, a Norwegian friend of mine once told me "there is no bad weather, only bad clothes for the weather"...

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2014-07-10 23:27:31 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)

Tried something new I did.  <fixed that, because Yoda.>

Friday is here and that's worth celebrating!

I had an overwhelming desire to do something different with a photo and literally spent all evening trying to figure out how to move it in the direction I wanted it to go. Not really there, but I've got to get sleep, and as a believer in "good enough", I'm calling it done.

"Picture": some of you might have picked up that we had a Scottish group from our partner city visiting this past week. I decided to play around with one of the pictures to make it more anonymous and hopefully capture the dynamics of the Scottish dancers. This is going to be a present for them. I hope they'll like it.

Side note: I find it rather challenging to do work on a photo to this extent using just a mouse. If I ever decide to play like this again... more »

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2014-07-09 23:22:14 (42 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s)

This must be Thursday   I could never get the hang of Thursdays  (Douglas Adams)

It was a long match between Argentina and the Netherlands. Congrats to both on an even match and to Argentina for winning on penalties. Nevertheless this makes for a second straight night of going into the wee hours. Therefore, you'll get another flower photo, because it's what I have handy. and you'll like it if you know what's good for you ;-)  But back to Douglas Adams, because he understood the universe, life, dolphins and everything. 

It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of allthe... more »

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2014-07-09 07:34:21 (39 comments, 5 reshares, 50 +1s)

Mornings can be cruel

Mornings are tough enough. Even tougher when you stayed up unreasonably late. It's my own fault though so I'll let it be a lesson to me. Nothing to do now but get going and start getting things done. I'll have an extra cuppa and slog through the day as best as I can. 

Turning to you, who were not so foolish and have patiently indulged my morning mental fogginess today: may you make the most of what will hopefully be a very good day.

+Clare Cosgrove has a pretty decent philosophy that she often cites:

Peace, Love and Chocolate Cake ,

but I'm not at that level of eloquence this morning, so here:

Have a flower and do something good with the day.    

catch you later.  

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2014-07-08 07:13:31 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)

It's not a Ruby Tuesday, but maybe Rainbow Tuesday works for you?

It's another grey and overcast day here. Looks like the week will be cooler (20ish C) and rainy. On the other hand, rain means rainbows are possible. 

I hope you have a great day and even if it rains, maybe you'll find the proverbial silver-lining or at least be treated to a rainbow.

We had a great double-arc rainbow on June 30th. It was especially good, because the sun was low in the sky and we got a break in the clouds. 

The primary rainbow is created by water droplets refracting light at an angle of approximately 42° from the light source. (hmm 42. Douglas Adams was on to something). The secondary arc is at an angle of approximately 52°. Additionally, I may have some supernumerary arcs inside the main rainbow. Those arcs are apparently the result of interference patterns.
A... more »

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2014-07-07 07:32:19 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)

Do not lose hope

Do not lose hope -- what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story. 
(Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things )

Back to the regular workweek. I trust you've had a good weekend. Today will be a good day and tomorrow even better. 

Photo: I love the gossamer structures of dandelion seeds. the fine "hairs" that catch the wind and improbably lift and hold the seed aloft. Of course the rigid "ribs" and "spine" contribute too, by being lightweight and ensuring the "hairs" are spread optimally, while providing a safe enclosure for the seed of the next plant. They're quite marvelous structures really. Perhaps NASA should be looking into dandelions for payloads on Mars. 

the point: there'sso... more »

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2014-07-06 13:15:08 (22 comments, 13 reshares, 158 +1s)

Forgetful me. I completely forgot that I had some pictures of a bald eagle. Belated obligatory eagle picture for the 4th. I suppose it sort of still counts as folks are celebrating the 4th of July weekend.

Bald Eagle / Google sees all your shenanigans. Have fun, but stay safe. Any utterance involving "Hey, y'all watch this" may be a clue to rethink your cunning plan. This PSA brought to you by the eye in the sky. 

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2014-07-06 10:40:13 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

The spice must flow

Thanks to everyone, who took time to leave a comment about possible ideas for future posts. Several got me to thinking along new paths, which is a very good thing. A mind is meant to be taken out for a walk every once in a while. Reality like space-time is malleable.

+Deyana Deco , had a simple request for a flower. I decided to go back a few months to when the crocuses (croci?) were blossoming. The spice saffron is gathered from crocus blossoms ( crocus sativus ). It's a slightly different crocus than I photographed and even closer to an iris (in my opinion). I am a great fan of saffron in risotto.  Thus closing the loop and throwing in a dash of science-fiction: the spice must flow!  

I hope you're having a great weekend! I know mine has been quite full, but satisfying. I look forward to hearing from you, whatever you're up to orthi... more »

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2014-07-05 16:04:01 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)

Ok, I'm done with Caturday (but you could go back 2 posts if you would like to see my cat, Ginger). It's back to insects on my channel. +Brigitte W. , this one is the one I've been warning about.

Thanks to those of you, who made suggestions to me for future posts. I will be looking for opportunities to react to them.

Have a great evening! I've got to get to the tele for the Argentina-Belgium match.

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2014-07-05 11:18:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

OOOPPSS I had meant to share privately, but nothing bad. just adds to Teri's notoriety. She's a very outgoing and engaging GPlusser if you want to meet someone new.  _I guess I should have had another cup of tea this morning before trying to GPlus_ 


+teri mccorquodale 

also a McCorquodale/Campbell/Argyll tartan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_McCorquodale#mediaviewer/File:Campbell_of_Cawdor_tartan.jpg 

interesting to read about your clan. :-)

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2014-07-04 22:48:46 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 61 +1s)

Tyger, tyger

In what distant deeps or skies. 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes? 
(William Blake)

since I went with Blake yesterday for the flower, I thought I would be incredibly obvious today ( h/t +Terence Petersen-Ajbro ). 

Observe Ginger in one of her dramatic poses. She thinks she's a tigress or lioness at times and prowls through my lavender and grass to suddenly stand up, frozen and attentive to something unseen and beyond the senses of a mere mortal such as myself.

A happy #caturday to you all! For the folks in the the U.S. of A., depending on when you see this, I hope you're either having a great 4th or getting off to a fantastic start on the 5th.

Me: I'm probably going to read up on the next World Cup matches then spend part of the afternoon at activities in town where our Scottish friends from Fife and their groupwil... more »

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2014-07-04 07:21:12 (33 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)

Friday flower offering

To see a World in a Grain of Sand 
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour.
(William Blake)

Happy Friday and to my friends in the US, happy 4th! Enjoy yourselves, but don't forget to drink in a little beauty during the day too. It's all around us, but sometimes it takes a few minutes away from phones, activity and doing things to actually notice. I hope you find a few minutes in between all the fun and the necessary things you are doing. 

Photo choice: Because a few folks needed a break from insects. :-) I played with this little cornflower in the GPlus photo editor, which does a surprising amount quite easily. (cropped, made it "moody", used an "old lens" filter, added a frame)

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2014-07-03 06:57:27 (37 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)

You talking to me?

Meet my new neighbor: a winged ant with attitude swaggering around as if everything belonged to it. 

I think we'll coexist. I've seen how this can escalate quickly, c.f. Phase IV (1974 version) . 

Have some fun today! It's Thorsday after all. 

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2014-07-02 06:53:26 (25 comments, 2 reshares, 51 +1s)

A little fun with the GPlus Photo Editor

I hope you have a great Wednesday. I expect to face a challenge or two today, but as my adviser Marcus Aurelius reminds me: 

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

Unless of course you're the Doctor, in which case discussing present and future are rather quaint notions. Of course the Doctor has no problem with challenges, but he does choose to do it in an inimitable fashion:

Oh no... of course... you mostly went hands-free, didn't you? Like "Hey, I'm the Doctor! I can save the universe with a kettle and some string and look at me! I'm wearing a vegetable! 

And so inspired I shall set forth to plod my way through wibbly, wobbly space-time one foot in front of the other. See you later andh... more »

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2014-07-01 07:00:36 (31 comments, 0 reshares, 63 +1s)

Subtlety is overrated

Have a dose of color to start the day. It helps along with a good breakfast tea or cup of coffee. 

If this flower looks this bright to my eyes it must be a neon sign to a bee or butterfly. 

Any pleasant plans for the day, friends? After work we'll have some visitors from Scotland (Fife), who are here for the week as part of a twinning ("sister cities") activity. With luck I'll also catch a World Cup game, but I have to check the schedule to see which one. I'm interested in the Belgium-USA match; I think it could go either way. 

I wish you a lovely day, esp. +Isabelle Cardinal and +Knut Torgersen. 

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2014-06-30 00:00:37 (33 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)

Time for dreams

It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are. There were tricks we did with eggs, as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load-bearing marble halls; while the beat of the wings of a butterfly in the right place, we are told, can create a hurricane across an ocean. Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkable difficult to kill.  (Neil Gaiman, "Fragile Things")

May you have inspiring, enriching dreams and enter Monday refreshed, emboldened and ultimately unstoppable. 

Good night or good morning as the case may be. 

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2014-06-29 09:27:46 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)

I hope you're having a great Sunday!  nothing special planned for today. Maybe a bit of downtime / "me"-time with a book or a game. What about you? Anything interesting going on?

Photo:
Unexpected winged amore interrupted me while moving the lawn Friday. These two picked an odd location to meet: in a corner on the outside of our double-paned sliding glass door.  Thus you get a bit of blue hue from the sky and multiple reflections of the ants.

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2014-06-27 23:27:49 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 57 +1s)

Getting an early start today, because I want to sleep in...

There's a story behind this photo, but I'll keep it short. A friend got a camera and silly me, I decided to help whether friend needed it or not. Being pompous, I started going on about use this rule, do this with depth of field, watch for lines, etc. Then I realized a few things:

1. I don't practice many of the things I have read about and was spouting off about
2. my shots have been rather bland lately
3. flowers actually look like alien life forms sometimes

Good shooting and have a great Saturday! 

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2014-06-27 06:58:02 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)

It was going to be another flower, but the more I looked at the picture, the less I liked it. Bees? too soon. So here's a snapshot from Ellwangen again. I think these folks were planning a fun weekend, but maybe took "weekend warrior" a bit too literally.

Have a great Friday!

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2014-06-26 06:28:05 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)

Happy Thorsday! 

Returning to old form, let me start you off with a quote by Marcus Aurelius:

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.

In today's photo I played a bit with light. This is from the shooting where I was trying to get bees with the lavender. I liked how the background is almost impressionistic (lavender to the right of the one in focus). 

This one has been cropped to 3840*2880.

got to be off. Another packed day and then the Germany-USA football match. I probably won't be on much until after that. 

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2014-06-25 06:24:57 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)

Is it Wednesday already? 

This is a photo of one of the gardens at Schloss Ellwangen from last Thursday. I didn't take many pictures of the buildings as I was there for the medieval market / renaissance faire.

If you would like to see more about the castle then this (German) link has some pictures. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schloss_ob_Ellwangen 

Got to run. very full days right now...

Have a great Wednesday!

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2014-06-24 06:05:09 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)

Have a Throwback Tuesday! Ain't nobody got time to wait for Thursday... 

I'm fairly busy today, so it has to be a quick post this morning then get some work done before a training class and get work done after training... 

This is a shot from the medieval fair / market at Ellwangen last Thursday. Not a good shot photographically, but in my defense, I was actually talking with +Elisabeth Schabus at her tent when these ladies showed up. Still I should have had sense enough to use a fill flash. 

As for the ladies, I admire how they could walk around in the heat in those heavy drapes. I think the one on the right actually liked me taking her picture: she also had a bit of a smile on another shot. The one in the middle is either amused or biting her tongue to avoid a snarky and unseemly comment (no idea). The one on the left seems pretty much in character. 

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2014-06-23 19:38:57 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)

My Homage to +Steven Spence.
There is something poetic about the wanton greed of the pollen covered bee. Dirty and unapologetic. A gleeful specimen of orgiastic fervor on a Kinseyian scale.

Like an explorer of some foreign land, I have the hubris to think that I can name the subculture: Pollen-kkake. 

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2014-06-23 07:03:35 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)

Monday happens

I know, it's Monday morning an no one wants to head back to work, but Monday happens. No reason not to enjoy the day anyway.

Some creatures may even enjoy their work. Bees for example. They can fly: that's pretty nice. They spend their day finding flowers and drinking nectar. Not too shabby. Of course there is that demanding Queen back at the hive, but they can out, while she's a shut-in breeding machine...

I was going to go with lavender yesterday, but two other GPlus friends had lavender pics, so I threw in bees. The left picture is cropped, so you can see the bee at original resolution. The other picture is the full shot downsized to 1920 (HD) to make it easier to view on mobiles.

Photos: hand-held and manual focus on the EF100 mm macro. I have a good number of throw-aways, but manually focusing seems to be the only way I can... more »

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2014-06-22 11:03:29 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)

Football Mania

There comes a time in every follower's experience on GPlus when a spider posting appears in my stream. I hope you enjoy it. 
 
These spiders seem to have caught the World Cup spirit. Actually those are egg sacs. Anyone looking to give a kitten spiderling a new home?

I believe these are common cellar spiders ( latin Pholcus phalangioides or germ. Zitterspinnen ).  These spiders are approximately 7 to 9 mm (body), but the legs can easily span up to 6 to 7 cm. 

The spider shakes its web when threatened. It also hunts other spiders and is considered especially beneficial in some areas, because it will kill dangerous hobo and redback spiders. Because it could kill deadly (to humans) spiders people assumed it was more venomous, giving rise to an urban legend that it was the most venomous of all spiders. This is not true and was dealt with ona M... more »

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2014-06-21 08:39:18 (38 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)

Bill and Ted were having a bit of fun at Ellwangen Castle on Thursday. It's a medieval market running from 19.-22. June.  +Elisabeth Schabus is there with a tent and her paintings, so if you get a chance to drop by be sure to look her up (she's near where they have the instruments of torture. coincidence? ) 

There are a couple of mock fights per day. You see a lot of the typical: let me make my sword hit the opponent's sword, but it's still fun. These two guys battling each other with hammers really went at it. You can see some wood splinters flying off the shield if you look closely.

For those of you who are near Ellwangen (near Aalen and the Limes, which is also worth a visit) here's more information:

http://www.mittelalterspektakel-ellwangen.de/ (German only, but some pictures too).

+Adella Wright (for the Bill and Ted comment the otherday... more »

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2014-06-20 08:40:03 (37 comments, 0 reshares, 55 +1s)

Happy Midsommar and happy Friday! 

I hope it will be a great start to the weekend for you.

Any plans for the day? Except for one phone conference, I have the day off. I'll spend some more time looking at photos from yesterday and maybe get in some reading. What about you?  

Photo: I liked the way this cornflower stood out at the edge of a field near the Ellwangen Castle. There was some wind, so it is a bit fuzzy, but I kind of like it that way. it all feels a little dreamy to me and that's good. 

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2014-06-19 09:32:30 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)

I hope you're having a great Thorsday! I'm planning to travel to the Middle Ages for the afternoon. With luck I'll bring back some fun photos.

Nothing particular on my mind today, so I thought I would use two photos from my visit to Nesselwang and Füssen to share a little photography information. These photos help to illustrate the concept of depth of field in "macro" mode, which is not 100% the same as shooting macro with a macro lens, but close enough in this case.

The biggest challenge I have with macros is mastering the very narrow in focus area. The two photos here were actually taken with my walk-about lens.

The picture of the fly on the flower has the fly and the flower more or less in focus. If I had done that with my macro lens (100 mm), I almost certainly would have only gotten part of the fly in focus.  

The one on the woodenra... more »

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2014-06-18 18:46:58 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

What else would I get? Of course, I'm a bannerman for the Starks.  
Ned is ded, but I'm still standing. 

ht to +Shawna Mac 

you can play here:  http://m.zimbio.com/generator/d_rN-Gyttd2/What+Is+Your+Game+Of+Thrones+Warrior+Name

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2014-06-18 07:32:59 (38 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)

One Wish

You have one wish, what do you do with it?

A different take on a dandelion. I thought this excerpt was a more interesting way of looking at it than the whole. It's a magnificent structure isn't it? Lightweight, yet rigid. Delicate enough to loft on a breeze (or a breath), while simultaneously tough to protect the seeds of life for the next generation.

Maybe NASA should consider a dandelion design for atmospheric delivery on Mars.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!  

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2014-06-17 06:52:34 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)

Photobomb Tuesday.

I hope Tuesday will be a great day for you! Monday was surprisingly good.

What hopes or wishes do you have for today? To be honest, I've got no expectations today, so I guess I would have to say that I'm hoping it's an average day. Maybe a bit of reading this evening. Sometimes I'm an easy guy to please. :-)

Time to be off and get stuff done. Wishing you the best of luck in all your endeavors. Of course, you'll use skill but a bit of extra good luck never hurts. 

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2014-06-16 06:05:32 (28 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)

The Lech at the Bavarian/Austrian border

Monday is here again, but so what? Everyday has something to offer. I'm hoping for a good day at work and a good football match tonight. What are you hoping for today?

Photo: A little nature can do wonders for my spirits. Unfortunately it was an overcast and drab day, so the color photo of this scene wasn't much to look at, but in Black and White with a "green filter" during the conversion, I think it conveys the moment. downsized to 3840 pixels. 

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2014-06-15 21:10:01 (65 comments, 0 reshares, 62 +1s)

What is perfection?

Yep, I'm back. Back from a weekend in the shadow of the mountains, back from sunny days, solitary walks, tennis, walks above the trees, the cold Lech, spiders with metallic abdomens, a little sports and fun games with the family. I'm back in other ways too, rejuvenated. 

While I have lots of pictures, this one of a flawed rose appealed to me most, so I've started out with it. 

Is the rose's beauty diminished by it's flaws? It's not a perfect rose, but perhaps a perfect rose would have been bland. 

I hope you've had a great weekend and will get off to a good start Monday. 

Photo: resized down to only 2x HD to make it easier to view on mobile devices. Color temperature adjusted to "daylight" (~5500°K)

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2014-06-13 16:15:37 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)

"Speaking last year, Ford argued there was no barrier to being an action hero and an “old fart” at the same time"

I'm very sorry to hear that Harrison Ford was injured. I've always enjoyed his gruff characters. Hopefully, he'll recover quickly.  However, should he decide he needs a double or stand-in for some of the rehearsals, I've got the grey hair and crusty old-fart thing down pretty well. just saying, JJ 

Have a great weekend folks!

I'm off for a day or two to hilly lands in the hope of putting a spring in my step and finding something I feel like photographing. When I come back, I'm hoping to see a decent offer for me to be in Star Wars since for some unknown reason, Peter Jackson didn't put me in The Hobbit and GRR Martin hasn't wanted to kill me in his novel. I even have a great plan for how I could fit into thestory... more »

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2014-06-06 06:47:15 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 67 +1s)

Happy Friday! 

The weather is clearing up, it's going to be a warm sunny weekend and I feel like getting back outside with the camera again. 

In the meantime, since I haven't taken any photos the past two weeks, here's bee from a few months ago. She was so greedy that she just left her proboscis extended between visits to apple blossoms. 

Soon I'll have more. My lavender is coming along nicely. It's fantastic to sit down next to lavender on a warm day and just watch the bees flit about. In fact on a warm day, their buzzing about can be quite soporific. maybe I'm just a lazy bear...

Here's hoping you'll have a good finish to the week and a great start to the weekend! 

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2014-06-05 07:05:43 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +1s)

Even weeds can be beautiful. 

Dandelions have a bad reputation and are labelled weeds, because they grow even when unasked. They're hardy and manage to grow quickly, adding color to fields and lawns. I wonder if we call them weeds, because we can't control them and don't have to plant them? 

Perhaps, one man's weed is another man's flower.

Perhaps it's all about context. If the plant grows where it isn't wanted, it's a weed. If the same plant is planted then it isn't a weed. The plant didn't change at all though; it was true to it's nature in both instances.

Have a great Thursday and remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or the label applied. I like to see beauty. This is a flower for me. 

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2014-06-04 07:05:30 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)

In the name of Science

Not being one to let +Mara Mascaro or +Grey Nero do all the basic research, the other night I decided to tackle one of the Belgian beers, which I brought back from my recent trip. It was a little bit stronger than normal and a bit hoppy, but otherwise the Cuvée des Trolls was unremarkable. 

Have a great Wednesday! I can't believe it is already Wednesday. 

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2014-06-01 10:24:02 (40 comments, 2 reshares, 54 +1s)

Well, it's the day that I scare my GPlus followers. It's actually a self-selecting community in the truest sense, but #spidersunday  accelerates the selection process a lot. Maybe I'll land in your NOPE circle. ;-)

Actually, I haven't been outside with the camera much. I'm in my short, but fairly intense rye pollen allergy. The very nice thing about it, is that it's a short period, but my desire to be outside is rather curtailed.

I added the text above so that maybe you can abandon this post before you see the picture, in case spiders = NOPE or KILL IT WITH FIRE for you. 

Hugs and have a great day! 

Photo: You wouldn't believe the insane jury rigging I did to get my camera on a tripod on a slope on top of garbage cans, a chair, an old coffee table. You definitely don't want to know how I got up there to focus, hold ato... more »

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2014-05-31 08:35:19 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)

Another week-end, another #caturday. 

TL;DR:  our cat, Ginger, wishes you a happy Saturday!

The rest of you, who can still read/have the time:

The names have been changed to protect the innocent the professional reputation. Believe it or not, the jester in the picture on the left is a statistician with a Ph.D. I guess too many numbers leave their mark...

He was trying to get a reaction from our cat, Ginger, during a game of Mölkky, which is as best as I can tell a type of Nordic lawn bowling. Ginger was interested in what we were doing throwing pieces of wood at other pieces of wood, so being a cat she walked right in the middle of the game. (right hand photo). 

I hope you have a great day and can enjoy the outdoors. If the weather won't let you, maybe you'll have a lovely day indoors with family, friends, a good book or a canis orfel... more »

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2014-05-30 10:23:56 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 63 +1s)

I let my niece use my camera for a while last weekend. Needless to say, there were some odd shots, but I'm glad to see her taking an interest. Here's one that I thought I could use, although it needed "rescuing" by converting to BW. Yep, I have a bit of a belly. It's worse here, because we just came from a big Italian meal. :-)

Have a great Friday! 

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